"Dell detests them. Many Linux players distrust them. IBM takes
almost as many potshots at them as it does at Oracle. Microsoft?
Not this time. In fact, Microsoft is watching them like a hawk.
Instead, the new Public Enemy No. 1 these days seems to be Sun
Microsystems. And Sun executives seem to be reveling in their
"But does Sun really deserve to be America's most feared
high-tech company? Undeniably, Sun is good at cranking out bigger
and bigger boxes that many e-businesses are finding they require to
power their Internet sites. When Sun talks "data center," the term
has teeth. (While Microsoft talks data center, as in its Windows
2000 Datacenter Server, it's still talking four-node
"Sun is still, first and foremost, a hardware company
-- a fact of which McNealy & Co. are not ashamed. But it's
software that makes the world go round. And on the software front,
Sun still isn't a powerhouse. Not even close. In fact, I'd
argue, despite Sun's increasingly public campaigns aimed to
prove it is as open as any company, Sun continues to provide
confused messages as to how, when and where it intends to play in
the open software space."